1997 Texas Rangers season

1997 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1997 season involved the Rangers finishing 3rd in the American League west with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. Despite not making the playoffs the club would set an all-time attendance record of over 2.945 million fans, which would be the franchise's best until 2011.

On a somber note, the club would lose long-time radio broadcaster Mark Holtz to leukemia during the season; however, in his final game in May the Rangers won, allowing him to sign off one final time with his trademark "Hello Win Column!".

Offseason

Regular season

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Seattle Mariners 90 72 .556 --
Anaheim Angels 84 78 .519 6
Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 13
Oakland Athletics 65 97 .401 25

Notable transactions

Draft Picks

Roster

1997 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Clark, WillWill Clark 110 393 128 .326 12 51

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ripken, BillyBilly Ripken 71 203 56 .276 3 24
Simms, MikeMike Simms 59 111 28 .252 5 22
Diaz, AlexAlex Diaz 28 90 20 .222 2 12

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hernandez, XavierXavier Hernandez 44 0 4 0 4.56 36

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Greg Biagini
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Bobby Jones
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Butch Wynegar
Rookie Pulaski Rangers Appalachian League Julio Cruz
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Jim Byrd

References

  • 1997 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1997 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com